Epropulsion and Torqeedo
The world of electric outboards is growing fast. Battery technology improvements have made portable motors up to about 4kW – roughly 6hp – a viable option for small boats, so long as you don’t mind paying a bit more. In fact now, January 2020, we have seen the market for petrol outboards of 4hp and less all-but disappear, pretty much everyone is buying electric at that size (in new sales).
Choosing an outboard motor is about knowing how you will use it – how often do you need an outboard motor, is it for backup or is it providing all your required power? How long are your journeys? At what speed? We will help you find the best motor for you.
Epropulsion entered the electric outboard market about six years ago, and their best seller is the 1kW Spirit motor – a direct rival to Torqeedo’s popular Travel series motors. It has the same power but delivered very differently (a near-silent direct-drive DC motor, rather than an AC motor through a reduction gearbox), with larger capacity battery options, and only one lead to connect. The pricing is similar but with higher specification on most points. If you are considering a Torqeedo but hadn’t heard of Epropulsion, you should at the very least be aware of them, see: Epropulsion Spirit motor
German manufacturers Torqeedo effectively kickstarted the whole “mainstream” electric outboard market, launching their Travel series in the UK around 2008. We were one of their earliest, and during 2019 were their largest, UK dealers. We have lots of experience using them ourselves, and our numerous customers who have made the change to electric never seem to look back. The price is undeniably higher than petrol motors but the advantages – particularly quietness, ease of use and cleanliness – often outweigh that.